If Hashem is chesed v’emes why does there have to be nekama from the resha’im? Is that chesed? How is that an act of chesed?
Suppose someone would tell you that forest fires are a big benefit for the world. Now, you know that many forests are destroyed by forest fires. Thousands and thousands of trees are destroyed and that’s a tragedy. But it’s still a great benefit for the world. I’ll explain that.
You should know that many of these trees are actually nests full of all kinds of germs and decay. And these diseases spread to other trees. But when the forest fire comes, it burns down all these trees – with their germs – and makes the forest floor clean again. And now, when the new trees grow, they grow without infection and disease. Every forest fire cleans the soil to allow new trees to grow – trees that are pure without any kind of disease.
So too, Hashem wants to get rid of the resha’im because he wants to help the tzaddikim. After all this world is not made for anybody but for the righteous people. And we have to rid ourselves of the resha’im. When we get rid of the resha’im it is easier to live a life of kedusha. And therefore it is chesed v’emes. What do you want? You want chesed v’emes for Haman?! That’s what you’re asking for? You want chesed v’emes for Hitler?! That’s what you want?! The biggest chesed v’emes is that Hitler is in Gehenim right now and he’s putting on a performance every day. Every day they revive him. They make him alive again with his flesh. And his nerves. And every day they scrape the skin off him and they hang him up and they cut off pieces and pieces of him. And he screams and screams. He screams all the time. And the tzaddikim sit in Gan Eden and they enjoy the music. Because now, they see that Hakodosh Boruch Hu is righteous! Without nekama there would be no such thing as righteousness in the world. If Hashem wouldn’t take nekama would that be righteous?
And therefore nekama is a very important function of our emunah. That’s why when the Egyptians were drowning in the sea and the malachim wanted to sing shira, Hashem said, מעשה ידי טובעים בים ואתם אומרים שירה – “My handiwork, My creations, are drowning in the sea and you want to sing song to Me?!” (Megillah 10b). That’s what Hashem told the malachim. “It hurts Me; I created the Egyptians. Every person, every human being is a wonderdul machine, a wonderful contrivance. And now they’re drowning. You can’t sing now. How can you sing?”
But אז ישיר משה ובני ישראל. They did sing! Because Moshe u’vnei Yisroelhave to make progress in this world. And we make progress when we see the resha’im have a mapalah, when we see Hashem bringing a downfall upon the wicked. And we make even more progress when we sing to Hashem in happiness about the mapalah. For our progress it’s a mitzvah. And if Moshe u’vnei Yisroel would not have sung, Hashem would have said: “The work of My hands are drowning in the sea because of you, and you’re not singing shira?!”
That’s why it says (Brachos 9b) that Dovid Hamelech said 103 chapters of Tehillim and he didn’t say “Halleluyah” – he didn’t praise Hashem with the word “Halleluyah” – until he saw the downfall of the wicked. יתמו חטאים מן הארץ ורשעים עוד אינם – “The sinners are destroyed from the land, and there are no more wicked,” and only then did Dovid say ברכי נפשי את השם הללויה – “All my being should bless Hashem, Halleluyah!”
It’s so important! In order to get the complete emunah in Hashem we must see the nekama. Someday when the times comes for the geulah, we’re going to see such a nekama. There will be a nekama for the six million. Oh yes! I’ll explain that. Suppose that all those who participated in the the killing of the six million had been killed immediately. All the Germans. And the Lithuanians and the Poles. So their children who were born subsequently would never have been born. If the murderers would have been executed like they deserved, their children wouldn’t have been born. So all their children, therefore, don’t really deserve to live. The children wouldn’t have been born anyhow if we had killed the parents. You’re aware of that, right? When you kill a goy he can’t have any more children. And if we didn’t kill the murderers for some reason, then those future generations don’t deserve to live. And there will be a nekama. Just like there is a nekama in Gehenim for the resha’im that are there, there will also be a nekama in this world as well. A tremendous nekama. א-ל נקמות השם א-ל נקמות הופיע – “Hashem is a powerful G-d of vengeance, the G-d of vengeance will make His appearance.” And that’s why we find so many pesukim and ma’amarei chazal that make it very clear that Hashem will take nekama from the umos ha’olam.
TAPE # E-258 (February 2001)